Suspected cult members on Sunday stormed Iya Agan Street, Off Old Apapa Road, in the Oyingbo area of Lagos, shooting sporadically, looting shops and robbing residents as well as passersby. It was a daylight raid as it took place around 4pm when people were relaxing and generally trying to enjoy a good weekend.
During the mayhem, one Fatai Suleiman, 24 years of age, was hacked to death by the cultists who are believed to be about 20 in number. A resident of Iya Agan Street, who gave his name simply as Omole, said a man was also shot in the eyes during the robbery.
It was learnt that the cult groups, which invaded the area, were Omo Kogbagidi and Otto Boys, who reportedly were on a reprisal attack on the Olokodana Fagbayimu Boys.
Residents believe that the hoodlums allegedly got their guns during the elections but failed to return them to their political sponsors and were now fomenting trouble with the weapons.
“When they invaded our area on Sunday, it was in the afternoon. They saw Fatai (Suleiman) in front of a house and attacked him with machetes. They hacked him until he was dead. A man was shot in the eyes during the robbery. A lot of residents are packing out of Old Apapa Road. These cult boys are having a field day.
“The government should partner with local vigilance groups and community leaders to fish out these boys and lock them up in prison. The hoodlums should be made to return all the guns in their possession”, a resident said.
A landlord at Old Apapa Road said the lack of basic amenities in the area was contributing to the breeding of hoodlums. “Our area has suffered enough from these hoodlums, who manhandled everyone and set buildings ablaze to punish one another. They are successful because the area lacks basic amenities. There is no school, no drainage, no potable water, health care facilities, and good toilet facilities, among others. “The new government should look into Ifesowapo, Otto, Ilogbo areas and take care of all these anomalies”, cried the Landlord.